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Re: [Groff] .FONT for man(7)

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] .FONT for man(7)
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2014 01:15:43 +0000

Hi Bernd,

You've added .FONT to which
starts off by saying

    .\" Written by Eric S. Raymond <address@hidden>
    .\"            Werner Lemberg <address@hidden>
    .\" Version 2012-Mar-05
    .\" Copyright (C) 2007, 2009, 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
    .\" You may freely use, modify and/or distribute this file.
    .\" The code below provides extension macros for the `man' macro package.
    .\" Care has been taken to make the code portable; groff extensions are
    .\" properly hidden so that all troff implementations can use it without
    .\" changes.
    .\" With groff, this file is sourced by the `man' macro package itself.
    .\" Man page authors who are concerned about portability might add the
    .\" used macros directly to the prologue of the man page(s).
    .\" Convention: Auxiliary macros and registers start with `m' followed
    .\"             by an uppercase letter or digit.

However, .FONT is not portable code, groff extensions are not hidden,
and auxiliaries don't match /^m[A-Z0-9]/.

> > Finally, the functionality you propose is completely pointless.
> Forget it, keep being dull and controlled by voices in the brain.

Ingo's right that .FONT isn't needed.  There doesn't seem to be a
relevant argument from you that it is.

> > >     Put under GPL2 and reorder
> > You are not the author.
> But I am also an author for this man page, not the only one. really
doesn't suggest you've carte blanche to change its licence.
starts by saying the Copyright is with the FSF.  The old permissions
differ quite a bit from GPLv2 and I don't see why they should change,
and why you should change them without seeking consensus first.
Licencing tends to be a prickily subject!  :-)

(Also, I find the patch too large for that file.  It mixes a licence
change, source-formatting changes like taking out lines of just "." and
adding some in elsewhere, and the re-ordering, which looks large in a
diff.  It would be easier for others to read and vet if it was several
small logical patches.)

Cheers, Ralph.

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